Arab states issue list of demands to end Qatar crisis


Image result for al jazeera

Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations ask Qatar to close Al Jazeera and scale down ties with Iran within 10 days.

 

From: Al Jazeera

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have issued a list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera network and scales down ties with Iran.

In the 13-point list, the countries also demand that Qatar sever all alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIL (also known as ISIS) group.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar this month over allegations the country funds terrorism – an accusation that Qatar denies.

Those countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which also include paying an unspecified sum in compensation.

According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalize citizens from the four countries and “revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws”.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that Qatar’s neighbours provide a list of demands that was “reasonable and actionable”.

The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, expel any members of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US sanctions.

READ MORE: Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

The demands regarding Al Jazeera state that Qatar must also shut down all affiliates and other news outlets that Qatar funds, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and Middle East Eye.

If Qatar agrees to comply, the list asserts that it will be audited once a month for the first year, and then once per quarter in the second year after it takes effect.

For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

The document does not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply.

List of demands by Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations

1) Scale down diplomatic ties with Iran and close the Iranian diplomatic missions in Qatar, expel members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and cut off military and intelligence cooperation with Iran. Trade and commerce with Iran must comply with US and international sanctions in a manner that does not jeopardise the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

2) Immediately shut down the Turkish military base that is currently being built, and halt military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatari territories.

3) Sever all ties to all the “terrorist, sectarian and ideological organisations,” specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIL, al-Qaeda, Fateh Al-Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front) and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Qatar needs to formally declare those entities as terrorist groups based on the list of groups that was announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, and concur with all future updates of this list.

4) Stop all means of funding for individuals, groups or organisations that have been designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, US and other countries.

READ MORE: Qatar-Gulf crisis – Your questions answered

5) Hand over “terrorist figures,” fugitives and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to their countries of origin. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances.

6) Shut down Al Jazeera Network and its affiliate stations.

7) End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws.

8) Qatar has to pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years. The sum will be determined in coordination with Qatar.

9) Qatar must align itself with the other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically, as well as on economic matters, in line with an agreement reached with Saudi Arabia in 2014.

10) Submit all personal details of all the opposition members that Qatar supported and detail all support that Qatar has provided them in the past. Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Hand over all files detailing Qatar’s prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups.

11) Shut down all news outlets that it funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed, Mekameleen and Middle East Eye, etc.

12) Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.

13) Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.


Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik said his country had no plans to review its military base in Qatar and that any demand for its closure would represent interference in the country’s relations with the Gulf state.

Isik told broadcaster NTV that he had not yet seen a demand for the base to be shut.

“The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region,” Isik said in an interview on Friday.

“Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

Interference in sovereignty

Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra said the list is “definitely going to be rejected by Qatar”.

“Qatar has said it will only look into the demands once the sanctions are lifted,” he said, adding that Qatar had already said that closing Al Jazeera was off the table.

“It is a matter of national sovereignty. Anything that is presented to the Qataris which it considers to be interference in its internal affairs is going to be dismissed,” Ahelbarra said.

“Just yesterday the general sentiment we had was that perhaps the international community and GCC will turn toward restoring ties. But at this particular moment, I believe that there will be further escalation, mounting tension because of these demands.

“Specifically, this demand on compensation takes the region into unchartered territory. To ask for compensation, you have to have the Qatari government say; ‘sorry, I’ve made mistakes’, and look into every single instance where Qataris made mistakes.

“This is unprecedented in the Arab world. What if the Qataris say the Saudis have to pay compensation for every single civilian killed

Advertisements

Is she or Isn’t she? Kenya Moore shares photos of mystery wedding


cred·i·bil·i·ty

noun

1.the quality of being trusted and believed in

2. the quality of being convincing or believable.

Last, Saturday, Kenya Moore from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” shared instagram shots of her wedding in St Lucia . She is beautiful in her hip-hugging wedding dress.        Her groom, who remains unidentified at this time, wore a simple white shirt and khaki pants — hinting the couple had a beach side ceremony.   “A good man is hard to find but true love is even harder,” Moore, 46, captioned the snap. “I found both.”

Most of us want Kenya to find love and happiness.   Having said that,millions of viewers of #RHOA have learned when in comes to relationships with men, Ms Moore hasn’t been too convincing.

15 minutes: Walter agreed to fake the relationship for fame. While he has gone public with his confession that they weren't really together, Kenya keeps up the pretence, saying of him: 'I am embarrassed that I allowed a deceitful and hateful person in my life'

 

In her first season as a housewife in 2012.  We learned the odd relationship with Walter Jackson the well known owner of South Dekalb Towing and Transport  was camera ready.

Jackson briefly dated Kenya three years ago, before they went their separate ways. But when she decided she wanted to land a slot on RHOA in 2012 she got back in touch with him and asked him to pose as her on screen boyfriend. (Daily Mail)

When Kenya started talking marriage and baby, Jackson hit the brakes.  Kenya attacked Jackson on and off camera for misleading her.   Jackson struck back and went public about the relationship, saying he was paid for his on camera services   Jackson told the “Daily Mirror, Kenya doesn’t really reside in Atlanta full-time .  The following season, a humiliated Moore went out of her way to avoid Jackson.

There were rumors about an African Prince ( apparently Atlanta is the home of African Prince’s), he was the source of her Bentley.   No one on the set of #RHOA had ever seen him and the Bentley turned out to be a rental.Persona non grata: Kenya Moore's ex Matt Jordan was not asked to join the Housewives for this year's reunion finale. This week, the reality star got a restraining order against her former boyfriend. Above you can see the pair during happier times, in early 2016

 

32 year old Matt Jordan is a personal trainer in Atlanta.  Viewer were split, half believed the relationship was genuine, with others believing the relationship was camera ready.  Matt complained about the camera’s being a part of their life and called Kenya a manipulator.  He said she lied and used him for a storyline. Matt took out a lot of Kenya’s frustration on her home and SUV.

In her Instagram post .she met her new man a year ago and didn’t speak again December. (wasn’t she dating Matt at the time?)

In an Instagram, Matt wrote: “The false allegations [sic] of domestic violence, the unwarranted restraining order, the loss of business opportunities, money. My personal & professional image. I can deal with that. losing my queen is a blow I never want to feel again.”

He continues:  Find out she is married from stranger online,” the personal trainer continued. “Realizing it’s to someone she was seeing during your relationship….this is definitely the season of losses for ya boy. TKO!! I made a lot of mistakes, but I loved & cherished her. I can’t lie the news of this rocked me. I pray her heart is in good hands. Take care of her. She was everything to me.”Jordan concluded post by asking fans to leave him alone. “The fight for her heart is over,” he wrote. “I lost!! Peace…. #tko.”

I mean this is the same chick who posted “hints” that she was pregnant a few years back, stating she had a ‘secret’.  This is also the same woman who pretended she had an African prince on her payroll.  And let’s not forget that whole Matt Jordan debacle… he’s still waiting for his $10,000 check for last season (click HERE if you missed that).Now, I’m not saying that Kenya’s secret wedding isn’t possible, but I am saying that I can’t just take her word for it.

Out of all the Real Housewives, I never expected Kenya Moore to be the one to have a secret wedding. Who even knew that she had a boyfriend? This just seems so very random- especially since she didn’t have the wedding as a story line for Real Housewives of Atlanta. That shocked me way more than the random wedding did.

At this point, Kenya hasn’t even revealed the name of her husband. I get keeping a boyfriend private, but it does seem a little odd to marry someone and keep his name hidden. Then again, I’m not a reality star so I really don’t know how this life works.

Proving that Tamara’s tea is piping hot when it comes to RHOA, Kenya confirmed the secret wedding in St. Lucia during an interview with People. She doesn’t say much though. Kenya shared, “I’m just ecstatic. This man is the love of my life and I’m so happy to begin our lives together as husband and wife.” Good for her, but what’s with all the mystery?

 

Blogger Tamara Tattles says: The wedding rumor began circulating that Kenya married a man at Anse Chastanet resort in St. Lucia over the weekend after blogger Tamara Tattles “leaked” a few blurry photos online, stating: I am often amazed that I have spies everywhere, but a Tamara Tattles Spy  has sent photographs which appear to show Kenya getting married.

kenya moore - married

Full disclosure, I have stayed at Anse Chastanet  and it appears that is the location of the wedding.

Well RadarOnline reached out to the resort and received confirmation that Kenya was there, but there was no wedding:

“A wedding did not take place at Anse Chastanet,” a representative for the hotel told Radaronline.   “Her friends stayed here, and Kenya Moore spent quite a bit of time at the resort and at the beach.”   A separate source close to production told Radar that Moore was actually just on a work trip.

 

CityFella:  One would think, with all the mud being slung her way.  She would have a wedding for the world to see. Her reputation makes her suspect. Kenya said ,she met her new man a year ago, and reconnected with him in December. He could also be a father, as she wished him a happy Father’s Day.  With news outlets like RadarOnline, TMZ and thousands of bloggers across the world sharing information we should WILL know her hubby’s Zip Codes in a few days.   Here’s hoping she is actually a bride this time out.

CityFella

Sheep in Reverse


Fuck it, like it or not most of us are like sheep.  You see it everyday in many forms. We drive in packs, walk in packs and travel in packs.  At Costco, people wait in the long center lines often 20 deep on weekends.  I heard people waiting in line say, maybe we should look and see if there are shorter lines-then to hear them sigh and stay put..  For me it a win win, at the far sides of check out there are fewer people, saving me a half hour in line. “I COMMAND YOU TO STAY IN YOUR STUPIDITY”    

 At one point in popular music you realize that everything sounds the same. This isn’t new, throughout the ages someone said, sound like her or them, because this is popular!  But every now and then an Adele or Louis Armstrong appears, breaking the mold of what a performer should look or sound like. 

We copy each other.  If someone else is doing it, then we should too.  From clothing, to music, we copy each other, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as we are doing what others do.

Dah, its the rage, “Your nothing, your nobody until you’ve adopted a pet rock”

Remember that insane shit? and why couldn’t I have invented it?   Can you imagine, just walking down the street picking up various rocks -giving them names and packaging um for say $2.99,within a year, you could lunched with Gail King ( Oprah’s bff)

MY KINGDOM FOR A ONE HUNDRED LIKES!

Let’s take a picture of our Feta Cheeseburger- OMG,We are so cosmopolitan

Here we are standing in the line at the movie theater (LET’S GO LIVE)

Oh man, lets bore people into suicide at my sisters graduations (ooh she is soo cute)

I am sooo proud of myself, I’ve lost 6 ounces this week, I feel so slim! 

Facebook, Snapchat allows everyone a few seconds of fame. “Look at Me”

There are some of us who color outside the lines.  We march by the sounds of our own drums.  Our style isn’t conventional or trendy and not determined by a 30 second commercial, a picture in magazine or moved by what a celebrity is wearing or tweeting about.

I’ve always been attracted to those people.  I’m drawn to Mavericks, regular people who defy convention.  The person on the street with his or her own style.  I saw man in his mid twenties getting out of  a clean 63 Ford Galaxy sedan it was nothing special, no 20 inch wheels, no custom paint just a well preserved car  He said he put more then 8 grand in this old car.  His parents was born in the sixties and he likes this era. He looked as if he was an extra on Mad Men.  He dress ,was from the sixties. I wanted to know more.  Who are his friends, what do they say about is style?  but he was late for a meeting.

With the exception of bell bottoms.  I wasn’t that person to walk the line.   I didn’t listen exclusively to “black music”  it was controversial (I’m still known in my family for listening to white folks music) there is some insane unwritten rule out there that says if you are of a certain hue you MUST exclusively listen to music assigned to that hue or religion. Failure to follow the rule could mean expulsion.   I was that sheep who always strayed.  At five years old, I was banned from Church events without my mom. They said I was lost for hours.  I didn’t think I was lost, I even bought myself a hat at the San Francisco Zoo, AND I found them.

Playing it safe and doing what others do is boring.  I’m that single man who dreams of the Chrysler Pacifica Minivan.  I would have it tricked out with fat wheels and custom paint.  I cant imagine being part of the herd, driving some ungainly SUV.  There is a huge world out there, but there are people, when faced with 31 choices of ice cream ,will choose chocolate or vanilla.

Straying comes with its own set of problems.   To go it alone means your open to ridicule, why isn’t he or she just going along, they’re troublemakers. Why don’t  they simply just follow the path.  Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Clint Eastwood, Adele and the late James Garner,  Joan Rivers, Bette David and Prince.  These people collectively say “Fuck it and Fuck You” should I fall flat on my face, I did so being my own person.

CityFella

 

 

removing the KING! an unhinged unpredictable TRUMP making the world uneasy


Image result for donald trump russia

As  cable news pundits are shaking their collective groomed HD heads.  An anxiety ridden Trump is reportedly attacking his own, undermining his own programs through a series of tweets.    The Commander and Chief finds comfort in tweeting, however there is Huge difference when your tweeting as a private citizen.  As the Commander and Chief those insomniac words could cause an international incident.

Anxiety is the key word ,as the nation awaits to hear Former FBI Director James Comey testimony on Thursday.  Not since John Dean testified at Watergate in hearings has their been so much attention focused on one individual.  The testimony from the hearings has Trump off center.

President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son in law Jared Kushner have long been said to be a calming influence on him.   Where are they?  Kushner is under fire for reportedly asking for a back channel to speak to the Russians.  The issue may be related to real estate.  A 27 year old Kushner took a bath on 666 Fifth Avenue paying a record 1.8 billion dollars for a troubled property that reportedly has a balloon payment due in a couple years.   Kushner has sought Chinese and Russian investors. There are some who believe without a proper suitor the Kushner Empire may crash.  Jared and Ivanka supported the Paris Climate Accord. Ivana Trump and Jared Kushner, were not present during the Rose Garden ceremony.

The Republican Party is at a loss. How do the navigate around the President who was elected because he was outsider?  The insiders could face voter backlash for criticizing the outsider.   The outsider who have abandoned the insiders with a proposed budget and change to the health care plan that will undoubtedly damage them in he election cycles.      Meanwhile the Democrats, are the Democrats a fractured bunch.   Mavericks who are screaming impeachment before the facts are revealed.  Meanwhile, seasoned Democrats are calmly asking for patience know they are powerless to the shell shocked Republican dominated House and Senate.   However, the mavericks make good TV!

Our allies don’t trust our Commander and Chief.  In short order, he has shared classified information with our mutual enemies.  He has leaked intelligence and failed to reassure Nato countries that America has their support.

The hearings could go on for months or longer.

The president’s approval rating dipped from nearly 42 percent to just 36 percent over the weekend, according to a Gallup daily tracking poll published Monday. Trump’s declining popularity is inching closer toward his all-time low of 35 percent as president in March, when Gallup had the president’s approval at just 35 percent. What’s more, nearly 43 percent of American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.

 

How to Impeach a Republican President, with an Republican House and Senate?

(An Idea in Progress)

The Beginning

  1. Actively court the nearly 40% of Republicans who have grown uneasy with the President in their districts . The focus must be limited to areas where all sides agree.  Paris Climate Accord, Russia, Relationship with Allies, Credibility etc
  2. Reject Democratic Involvement, No leaders or Speakers from Democratic Party!
  3. All  meetings, Demonstrations should be focused in Republican Districts.

 

To be continued

 

CityFella

 

SNAPPED: Montana GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte beats up news reporter (audio)


 

The polls are open in Montana.  In a special election voters will choose the Democratic Candidate Rob Quist or Republican Candidate Greg Gianforte for Congress.

Last night, Gianforte attacked Ben Jacobs of The Guardian who went to a Bozeman Montana emergency room after he said he was “body-slammed” by the Republican candidate.

The question that made Gianforte snap?  Health Care -Congressional Budget Office’s report on the Republican health-care bill.

Within hours, the state largest newspapers in Missoula, Billings and Helena had rescinded their endorsements of Mr. Gianforte,  House Democrats quickly released a digital ad featuring the audio recording.

Gianforte, is being charged with misdemeanor assault.

Paul Ryan asked Gianforte to apologize.

Details at 11

CityFella

 

Washington Post: Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.


 

President Trump in the East Room of the White House on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for preserving our constitutional system. It operates by removing executive-branch officials who have so abused power through what the framers called“high crimes and misdemeanors” that they cannot be trusted to continue in office.

No American president has ever been removed for such abuses, although Andrew Johnson was impeached and came within a single vote of being convicted by the Senate and removed, and Richard Nixon resigned to avoid that fate.

Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.

Ample reasons existed to worry about this president, and to ponder the extraordinary remedy of impeachment, even before he fired FBI Director James B. Comey and shockingly admitted on national television that the action was provoked by the FBI’s intensifying investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as “this Russia thing,” impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency. One important example is Trump’s brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is designed to prevent foreign powers from pressuring U.S. officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the United States. Political reality made impeachment and removal on that and other grounds seem premature.

No longer. To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.

For the rest of the story Click the link below

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-must-be-impeached-heres-why/2017/05/13/82ce2ea4-374d-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.30e20bee72da

The Real President of The United States S1 Episode 3 “Can It Be Russia?


President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

Engineers haven’t designed an amusement park ride that has the twists and turns of 45’s presidency.   Just when you think your approaching a part of the ride allowing you to catch your breath, the ride takes a very sharp and unexpected turn.

However there are signs, in a form of Tweets.   The signs don’t necessarily make sense but they are indicators of his mood.

By the number tweets on May 8th , 45 clearly was concerned about the committee hearing on Monday.   After the hearings, there were calls for further investigation into 45, taxes, Russian investments by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The White House said they fired James Comey, the FBI director, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Comey, notified Congress about the discovery of e-mails in October 2016.

Trump asked Comey to stay on in January.

Jeff Sessions, recommended that Comey be fired.  However, last October, Sessions  defended Comey actions on Hillary’s e-mails.  On Fox Business News, Sessions said  “He had an absolute duty, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too,

James Comey is only the second FBI Director to be Fired

In 1993, President Bill Clinton fired FBI director Williams Sessions.  Sessions was under investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility during George Bush’s final year in office.

The Justice Department found, Sessions had engaged in a sham transaction to avoid paying taxes of his use of an FBI Limousine.   Sessions billed the government for a fence around his home, he said it was for security, the findings it was for his use.  He also billed the government for trips and vacations.    With all the cards on the table, Sessions refused to resign.

Russia ,and the Abuse of Power? 

Many people who were connected to Donald Trump campaign ARE under investigation.  45 has fired the acting Attorney General, nearly every U.S. attorney, and now the Director of the FBI, many of these individuals were involved in the Russian investigation.

Donald Trump is not under investigation.  However his campaign is.  There are clear links to individuals who have financial ties to Russia. Some lied about their Russian connections.

Jeff Sessions, our Attorney General, lied to Congress about meeting with Russians. Sessions recuse himself from the Russian investigations, recommended Comey be fired.

Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Roger Stone, and Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have strong connections to Russia.

Comparisons to Richard Nixon

October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor looking into the burglary at the tip of the iceberg of the Watergate scandal. Both Nixon’s attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest.  The day is known as of the Saturday Night Massacre.

45’s firing of James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation an investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, is more than a curious comparison.

Richard Nixon, resigned less than a year after the Saturday Night Massacre.

Optics

(1) the scientific study of sight and the behavior light, or the properties of transmission and deflecting of other forms of radiation.  

(2) the way in which an event or course of action is perceived by the public. 

The timing, one day after the hearings will raise the eyebrows of most Americans. In his letter terminating Comey ,he includes this curious paragraph.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”

The former FBI Director James Comey isn’t a popular man.  Many Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters blame Comey for her loss.   Many Republicans believe he should have moved to prosecute Clinton.    Last year, many politicians on both sides of the aisle called for Comey to resign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If 45, fired Comey shortly after his election, his administration would not experience the firestorm it has now created.   With this action, his low ratings could drop further. Today, 65% of Americans don’t think he is trustworthy.   As many Democrats and Republicans are outraged.   Any replacement for James Comey by this administration, will not be trusted.

                                                   Trust me when I say- More too Come!

“The REAL President of the United States”

                                                                           CityFella